Bubbles are magical things. We all have memories of playing with them as children, of how they can lift your spirits as they float in the wind. However, they are also fragile, impermanent, and destined to dissolve. In Unaccept-a-bubble Anthony Jeannot explores moments of helplessness and acceptance in his life via the metaphor of bubbles. The show is funny, sweet and uplifting, cleverly constructed around its theme.
Unaccept-a-bubble is a very personal show, but its subject matter will be familiar to many – health scares, relationship troubles, missions for self-improvement. Jeannot finds the humour in moments of crisis during his mid-20s, tying it all together with a beautiful and heartwarming message. The topics aren’t particularly ground-breaking, however, Jeannot offers a unique perspective with his personal honesty. There are moments where you don’t know whether to laugh or cringe, such as an excruciating tale of a girlfriend with some surprising personality flaws – and it’s with these kind of stories that Jeannot is at his best. His brutal honesty about ethical dilemmas was often hilarious.
Jeannot appears to be a little uncomfortable on stage, but his material is solid and kept the audience laughing. While he may not have the presence of a more seasoned performer, Jeannot has a knack for storytelling, and is endearing and relatable. It feels rather like you are catching up with a particularly funny friend who you haven’t seen in a couple of years. The mood worked well in the more intimate setting of a room at Tuxedo Cat.
Unaccept-a-bubble is a strong show from an up-and-coming comic. With material like this, Jeannot is only going to get better, and I look forward to seeing what he comes up with next. You can catch the last Fringe performance of this show tonight.
Anthony Jeannot is Unaccept-a-bubble is on at Urchin at Tuxedo Cat until October 5